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Man Wanted for Fraud, Forgery, and Embezzlement

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Authorities are looking for information about a fugitive.

The Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers says 42-year-old Arturo Jr. Archuleta is wanted for fraud, forgery, and embezzlement.

Archuleta is described as a Hispanic man with black hair and brown eyes. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 843-7867.

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Santa Fe Police Arrest Two Alleged Drug Dealers

(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Two men have been arrested by Santa Fe Police on drug charges in separate incidents.

Police said Thursday that the first to be arrested was Hugo Cera-Rascon, 23, on Dec. 1. Cera-Rascon is accused of selling heroin on city streets. He's charged with trafficking heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said three days later they rescued a 2-year-old girl who was living in dangerous conditions while her dad, 25-year-old Christopher Moya, sold drugs in the city. Moya is charged with trafficking cocaine and heroin, child abuse, marijuana and suboxone possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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City Grants Burn Permit Amnesty for Christmas Eve

(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Santa Fe residents will be allowed to legally keep the Luminarias and Farolitos tradition alive come Christmas Eve.

Normally, all open burning in the city is prohibited without a burn permit from the Santa Fe Fire Department. However, City Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg and Fire Marshal Reynaldo Gonzales are granting "Burn Permit Amnesty for all traditional Luminarias and Farolitos in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve under certain guidelines," city officials said in a statement.

Officials said Luminarias and Farolitos will be permitted throughout the city from dusk on Dec. 24 through dawn on Dec. 25 -- Christmas Day. However the following conditions are required to be met:

  • The area within 10 feet of the fire shall be clear of all combustible materials including grass and weeds, etc.;
  • Fires shall be attended and supervised at all times;
  • Water or a fire extinguisher shall be readily available should the need for rapid extinguishment arise;
  • Only wood shall be burned in the proposed fires;
  • The fire area shall not exceed 3 feet wide by 3 feet long by 3 feet high;
  • A means of rapid notification of the Fire Department shall be available; and
  • All fires shall be completely extinguished at the conclusion of the event.

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Deadly Fire Under Investigation

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Authorities are investigating a deadly fire on Wednesday.

The Albuquerque Fire Department reports that the blaze was reported around noon at 1839 Black Gold Road SE. Crews arrived within five minutes and found a woman dead inside.

The fire was quickly extinguished.

The cause of death and cause of the fire are under investigation.

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Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies at Smith's Grocery Stores

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Authorities are investigating two incidents at Smith's grocery stores.

Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers reports that suspects entered the Smith's at 8301 Golf course NW last Thursday and stole over $1,000 worth of alcohol. One suspect was reportedly armed.

This Sunday, the same men allegedly went to the Smith's at 6125 4th Street, where they again used a gun to steal alcohol.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 843-7867.

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Las Cruces Man Sentenced to 8 Years on Gun Charges

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to eight years in prison on gun charges.

George Arthur Manzanares was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in April to an indictment charging him with three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Manzanares, 44, admitted to "unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition on Sept. 30, 2011, Oct. 19, 2011, and Dec. 5, 2011. In his plea agreement, Manzanares admitted selling firearms and ammunition to an undercover agent on each of the three dates."

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Authorities Searching Santa Fe Ski Basin for Missing Man

New Mexico Department of Public Safety(SANTA FE COUNTY, N.M.) -- Authorities are continuing a search in the Santa Fe ski basin for a missing 29-year-old man.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says Laurence Longwell has not been seen since December 11.

On December 13, Longwell's car was found at the Windsor Trail Head parking area, and he was reported as a missing person to the Santa Fe Police Department.

Longwell is described as having black hair and blue eyes. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs between 200 and 240 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Mexico State Police's Santa Fe Office at 505-827-9300.

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Albuquerque's Website Turns 20

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Tuesday marked 20 years that the City of Albuquerque's official website has been in existence.

Albuquerque was one of the first municipalities to set up an official home on the World Wide Web back in 1994.

"Albuquerque has a long history of innovation and technological discovery," Chief of Staff Gilbert Montaño said in a statement. "Innovations made here, in both the private sector and the public arena, have helped change the world. Our work in Albuquerque is being noticed regularly outside the Albuquerque city limits."

This year marks the second consecutive year that Albuquerque was recognized as one of the Top 10 Digital Cities in the nation.

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Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop at 7625 Central Avenue at about 10:50 p.m. The deputy reportedly struggled with the driver, during which the deputy fired his gun.

The driver was hit by gunfire and taken to the UNMH Regional Trauma Center where he later died.

The Sheriff’s Department says, "It is believed this subject had a firearm in his possession at the time of the encounter, which has been recovered at the scene."

While the case is under investigation, the deputy is on standard paid administrative leave.

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ABQ Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A 28-year-old man was arrested on Monday for his role in an alleged home invasion.

Albuquerque Police say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Utah Street Northeast, when the suspect, later identified as Isaac Delgado, broke into the house and used his stun gun on the homeowner.

Police say Delgado then got on a city bus on Central Avenue after leaving the home. When officers stopped the bus, Delgado then tried to shock the responding officer with his stun gun.

Delgado was taken into custody after a short struggle with an officer.

Albuquerque Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital with a large laceration to his head.

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